With its sparkling aqua sea and sugar-white beaches and generally beautiful climate, Barbados is known to be a paradise destination. But when is the very best time to visit this easternmost Caribbean island?
Well, the answer to that depends, because the "very best" depends a lot on you. Consider the pros and cons of both high season and low as you make the determination for yourself of when the very best time is to visit Barbados.
Barbados High Season:
1. Pro: The Climate is Sublime.
The high-season (meaning the most popular time to visit Barbados) spans from mid-December until mid-April. This is when visitors (primarily from North America and Europe) want to escape the cold. The tropical climate of Barbados offers not only the ideal temperature – 75 to 80 Fahrenheit (24-29 degrees Celsius) – but the gentle eastern tradewinds blow during these months, further cooling the island.
2. Con: More Expense, More People.
During the high season the island's tourism industry is at its peak. During very popular periods such as school holidays and Christmas you are well advised to book your trip early.
You should also be aware that during these peak times prices of accommodation and flights will be higher than at other times and restaurants and beaches will be more crowded. However, going at this time will ensure that all attractions are open so you will be able to get a full and action-packed experience of Barbados.
Barbados Low Season:
1. Pro: Budget-Friendly.
Low season runs from mid-April until mid-December and is a budget-friendly time to visit paradise. During this time you will experience lower prices with some hotels lowering their prices by 40% or more. The island will in general be a lot less crowded but this can mean that some resorts will close due to lack of visitors.
2. Con: It's Hot! Beware a Hurricane!
The weather will more than likely be quite muggy as the trade winds are not as prevalent in summer so you may struggle with the humidity levels. You need to be aware that summer is the hurricane season for the Caribbean, particularly August and September.
However, the Caribbean area is vaster than most people think and the chances of any single island being directly hit by a hurricane are very slim. Also, Barbados has not had a hurricane since the 1950s, as it lies outside the usual hurricane path.
Recommendation from a Local on the Best Time to Visit Barbados:
I am not the only Barbadophile who recommends November, early December, and late April as the times you'll find the best of all worlds: The rates for accommodations are still the "low-season" rates to visit the island and the weather is almost-perfect.
The weather on the island of Barbados is actually sunnier and drier than that of many of the other islands in the Caribbean. As it is it is located on the southern edge of the Atlantic hurricane belt, it is not as arid as Aruba but is far away enough from the dense forest of Puerto Rico not to experience as much rainfall. Barbados has an average of 8 to 10 hours of sunshine per day from November to March. If you think that the combination of low humidity and lots of sunshine sounds like bliss … well, you'd be right!